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Folk Art Paintings

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
Marvelously Happy Holiday Scene Painting of Quaint Town
By John Reilly
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A large and wonderfully rendered original painting of Bernardsville NJ at Christmas, having skillful rough impressionistic brushstrokes in the style of plein air work. The painting h...
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Early 2000s North American Folk Art Paintings

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Masonite

Welsh River Landscape with Fly Fisherman, by S. Thompson, 19th Century
Located in Nantucket, MA
Antique Welsh River landscape with Fly Fisherman, by S. Thompson, 19th century, entitled "View Near Stamdrinidad sic South Wales," an English School folk art oil on canvas angling sc...
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Late 19th Century Welsh Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

20th Century Roy Finster "President George Bush" Outsider Folk Art
Located in San Francisco, CA
Roy Finster (American, 20th century) "President George Bush" outsider art "Jesus Saves Soul's" President George bush 1990-1993 by Roy Finster Oil paint on cut-out wooden pan...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Wood

Pair of Vera Alabaster 'Russian' Original Folk Art Oil Paintings on Canvas
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This pair of oil paintings on canvas are done by the well known portrait and landscape Russian artist, Vera Alabaster in circa 1940 in a Folk Art style. The paintings depict a Jamaic...
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Early 20th Century Russian Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota. Itchiku Kubota was a Japanese textile artist. He was most famous for reviving and in part reinventing an ...
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20th Century Japanese Folk Art Paintings

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Paper

Modernist Inspired Fable Painting by Armenian Artist A. Mouradian
Located in Peabody, MA
A modernist inspired fable painting by A. Mouradian. This piece, an oil on canvas board, is unsigned. We recently acquired a small grouping of Armenian figurative paintings by this u...
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1990s Armenian Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Anselm Kiefer Collectible Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Title: Anselm Kiefer (Venezia Contemporaneo) Publisher: Brand: Charta Publication Date: 1997 Binding: Soft cover An excellent overview of Anselm Kiefer_s long career. Over the pa...
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20th Century Italian Folk Art Paintings

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Paper

Glazed Oil Painting by Soviet Artist Omar Chkhaidze, d. 1995
Located in Peabody, MA
Luminously glazed oil on canvas board by Omar Chkhaidze of Tbilisi, Georgia, an established and award winning member of the Russian Academy of the Arts. In 2017, The Russian Academ...
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1990s Georgian Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Late Naive English School "Bull Broke Loose" Bull Baiting Oil on Canvas
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A late 18th century oil on canvas depicting a bull baiting scene In England during the time of Queen Anne, bull-baiting was practised in London at Hockley-in-the-Hole, twice a we...
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Late 18th Century English Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas, Maple

English Folk Art Oil on Canvas Painting a Chemist in Mayfair, circa 1950
Located in London, GB
A chemist in Mayfair, circa 1950 We are proud to offer a mid-20th century oil on canvas painting, depicting a Mayfair (London) Pharmacy called Goulds. This pharmacy still exists in ...
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1950s British Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

"A Sleigh Ride in New England" American School Painting
Located in Wiscasset, ME
19th Century American School folk art oil on tin painting featuring a sleigh ride through the snowy New England countryside. In the style of George Henry Durrie.
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Rustic Figures in a Farmyard, in the Manner of Jack Kampmann, C.1950.
By Jack Kampmann
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Charming painting of 2 female farm labourers Unsigned. In the style of Jack Kampmann Oil on board. Possibly Faroe Islands Presented in an antique white painted frame The measure...
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1950s Faeroese Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Large Original Wild Mustangs Horses Oil Painting
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large original horse oil painting on canvas. Contemporary oil painting of wild mustangs horses, not framed, canvas stretched on a wood frame.. Signed on the left corner.
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

Finnish Polychrome Carved Wood Relief
By A. Tamme
Located in Chicago, IL
Set against a rosewood background, this carved and painted wood relief depicts a horn blower enchanting birds on a sunny summer day. Signed A. Tamme.
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1950s Finnish Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Wood

Outsider Art Seascape Oil on Panel by Bruno Del Favero
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil on panel depicting a coastal view with sailboats by acclaimed outsider artist, Bruno Del Favero (b. Italy 1910, d. USA 1995), circa 1970s. Recognized for his fantastical landsca...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Outsider Art "Man in Carriage" Oil on Panel by Bruno Del Favero
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil on panel depicting a man in a horse-drawn carriage by acclaimed outsider artist, Bruno Del Favero (b. Italy 1910, d. USA 1995), circa 1970. Fine example showcasing Del Favero's ...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Framed Korean Jakhodo Tiger and Magpie Folk Painting One of the Four
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean Folk Art painting watercolor on silk mounted with brocade border and framed. The watercolor was likely dated from late 19th century to the turn of the 20th century, toward t...
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Late 19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Wood, Brocade, Silk

Framed Korean Jakhodo Tiger and Magpie Folk Painting One of the Four
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean Folk Art painting watercolor on silk mounted with brocade border and framed. The watercolor was likely dated from late 19th century to the turn of the 20th century, toward t...
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Late 19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Brocade, Silk, Wood

Naive Illustrated Landscape in Bright Green-Yellow Colors by Nicole Fourcroy
Located in Salzburg, AT
Oil On Canvas Landscape Of Flowered Countryside With Villages And Animated Fields, Signed Handmade shadow gap frame with gilding Born March 26, 1926 in Luzarclus. Nicole Four...
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1990s French Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas, Wood

Framed Korean Jakhodo Tiger and Magpie Folk Painting One of the Four
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean Folk Art painting watercolor on silk mounted with brocade border and framed. The watercolor was likely dated from late 19th century to the turn of the 20th century, toward t...
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Late 19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Brocade, Silk, Wood

Purvis Young Original Painting "Procession" in Series #2, Signed
Located in East Hampton, NY
Depiction of a procession in oil on recycled curtain vinyl by acclaimed Miami street artist Purvis Young. Gustavo Olivieri sourced directly from Mr. Young while he was alive and enjo...
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Late 20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

Essential Van Gogh Coffee Table Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Essential Van Gogh coffee table book. the works of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) are among the most well known and celebrated in the world. In paintings such as Sunflowers, The Starr...
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20th Century Dutch Folk Art Paintings

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Paper

20th Century Theatre Scenery Trees Wall Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
American mid-20th century. Stage prop scenery trees from a theatre. Painted canvas on wood, muted greens, blues, browns, grays and golden colors depicting Albizia trees. Two separate...
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20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

19th C. Mexican Retablo Saint Francis c.1880
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An original 19th century Mexican folk retablo of Saint Francis. Oil paint on tin. St. Francis of Assisi, Italian San Francesco d’Assisi was born 1181-1182 in Assisi, duch...
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19th Century Mexican Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Tin

Original Cover of Mexican Comic "Sensacional De Maestros"
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this amazing original cover painted in gouache in excellent vintage conditions, circa 1990 issue 226 "Pecho a Pechito llegaré a hojalatear tu corazón". About the Sensacio...
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1990s Mexican Folk Art Paintings

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Paper

1940s Mexican Gene Byron Tin Brass Framed Polychrome Rooster Chicken Art Tile
Located in Dayton, OH
1940’s mid century ceramic hand painted rooster tile by Gene Byron, framed in a tin and brass tooled dish or tray shaped frame. Measures: 6” x 1.5” x 6.25” / Sans Frame - 3.75” x ...
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1940s Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Brass, Tin

19th C. Mexican Retablo "El Nino De Atocha" c.1800s
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An original 19th century Mexican folk retablo. Oil on tin. "El Nino de Atocha" is the patron saint for freeing prisoners and performing miracles for travelers and those in d...
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19th Century Mexican Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Wood, Paint

Framed Korean Jakhodo Tiger and Magpie Folk Painting One of Four
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean Folk Art painting watercolor on silk mounted with brocade border and framed. The watercolor was likely dated from late 19th century to the turn of the 20th century, toward t...
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Late 19th Century Korean Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Wood, Brocade, Silk

Framed Korean Folk Painting of General Guan Gong
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean folk Shamanism watercolor on textile matted with woven brocade and presented in a wood frame with an oriental style metal hanging hardware. The painting was estimated to be ...
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Early 20th Century Korean Folk Art Paintings

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Textile, Brocade

Black Joe Jackson Folk Art Acrylic Painting "Danzn Up"
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black Joe Jackson (American, 1922 – 1997) Danzn Up Acrylic painting on board Signed to the lower left Measurements: 16.50 inches wide x 1.50 inches deep/projection from wall x...
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1960s American Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood

19th Century American Folk Art Portrait Painting of a Farmhouse
Located in Essex, MA
A charming 19th century oil on canvas American folk art portrait painitng of a farmhouse, in an early, if not original, salmon pink and green painted wood frame. The mustard yellow f...
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1830s Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas, Pine

Antique 19th C. American Folk Art Oil Painting Pastoral Landscape Man with Sheep
Located in Dayton, OH
American 19th century antique oil on canvas showing a country landscape centered on a gentleman in a a top hat with two sheep. Measures: 17.25” x 1.25” x 13.25” / Sans Frame - 13....
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Folk Art Acrylic Painting "Nikis Fortuns" by Black Joe Jackson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Black Joe Jackson (American, 1922 – 1997) Nikis Fortuns Acrylic painting on board Signed to the lower center Measurements: 26.25 inches wide x 19.50 inches high x 1 inch proje...
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1960s American Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Plywood, Paint

1949 Village in The Valley Folk Art Landscape Painting by M. Thompson
By Grandma (Anna Robertson) Moses 1
Located in Chattanooga, TN
Absolutely charming 1949 painting of a village nestled in a mountain valley. The artist has beautifully captured a very plain moment in time. At first glance, it seems the buildings ...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Wood, Paint

Beautiful Stained Glass Window with a View of the Old Antwerp with the Cathedral
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stained glass window with a view of the old Antwerp with the cathedral and the river Scheldt Dimensions: Width 99 cm. Height 67 cm. Depth 4 cm. Weight 15 kg.
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Early 20th Century Belgian Folk Art Paintings

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Steel

Large Abstract Modernist Cubist Jazz Painting, Oil on Canvas by William Sharp
Located in Buffalo, NY
Wonderful oil on canvas depicting New Orleans Jazz Band hand executed by William Sharp 1900-1961. Amazing use of color, space, texture, William Sharp was born on June 13, 1900, in...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

19th Century French Folk Art Family Portrait
Located in Winter Park, FL
A 19th century French folk art family portrait of a mother and her four children sitting beneath a tree in a pastoral setting. Oil on board. Unsigned. Giltwood frame with gesso decor...
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19th Century French Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Giltwood, Paint

Gabriel Cohen "L'Egypte Ancienne..." Naive Oil Painting on Metal
Located in Morristown, NJ
Gabriel Cohen (1933-2017) French/Israeli, "L'Egypte ancienne..." Naive-style oil painted on sheet metal with a crimped and painted edge forming the frame. The work is a fantastic dep...
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1980s Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Metal, Sheet Metal

Large-Scale American Folk Art Carnival Game Board, Very Graphic
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large-scale Folk Art Carnival game board, American, circa 1940s. This painted carnival game board came from Texas and combines wonderfully patinated graphic colors in a highly collec...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Wood, Cork

Pichhavai Hindu Painting of Radha and Krishna with Female Gopis
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Large Pichhavai Hindu Painting of Radha and Krishna with Female Gopis. Pichhwai Hindu Painting of Krishna and Radha framed under glass. Krishna walking with Radha and the Gopis, t...
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Early 20th Century Indian Folk Art Paintings

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Silk, Glass, Wood

African Ethiopian Tribal Folk Art Painting 20th Century
Located in Milan, IT
Ancient Ethiopian painting imported to Italy by a diplomat during the Italian occupation of Ethiopia, in the late 1930s. This genre scene painting is divided into eighteen squares bo...
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Mid-20th Century Ethiopian Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

Bold and Unusual Folk Art Hand Painted Trade Sign
Located in Essex, MA
An unusual and wonderfully graphic Folk Art hand painted trade sign advertising Sam - Smith Second Hand Furniture Store. 611 S 8 St, hand painted on wood in bold black lettering with...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Hardwood

Outsider Art "Jungle Animal" Seascape Oil on Panel by Bruno Del Favero
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Oil on panel by acclaimed outsider artist, Bruno Del Favero (b. Italy 1910, d. USA 1995), circa 1970. Fine example showcasing Del Favero's aptitude for creating fantastical landscap...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

"Redemption" Painting by Purvis Young
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This large scale piece by Purvis Young was acquired from an estate in Miami, Florida and has been professionally framed using archival materials. Title: "Redemption" Perhaps e...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Textile, Paint

Large Vintage Balinese Painting on Silk from Ubud Bali 1960's
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid 20th Century Balinese Painting on silk fabric, Framed. Vintage large Balinese art painting, from Ubud, Bali acrylic on silk. Beautiful artwork by the Indonesian artist from Ubu...
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Mid-20th Century Balinese Folk Art Paintings

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Silk

Vintage Large Balinese Painting on Silk from Ubud Bali
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mid-20th century Balinese painting on silk fabric, framed. Vintage large Balinese art painting, from Ubud, Bali acrylic on silk. Beautiful artwork by the Indonesian artist from Ubu...
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Mid-20th Century Balinese Folk Art Paintings

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Silk

Antique 19th Century Watercolor Silhouette Portrait Painting Woman Book
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique primitive mid to early 19th century framed full length folk art silhouette portrait painting of a woman in black with an embroidered shawl and bonnet, holding / reading a boo...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Paint, Paper

Oil Painting on Canvas of a 16th Century Building
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Architectural oil painting on canvas of Heydon Hall executed in a rustic naive style with contrived aging and presented in a maple frame. Signed Dan Dunton.
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20th Century English Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

1981 Vintage Watercolor Portrait Painting Boy in Blue W Bird Parrot D Hill
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage 1981 Folk Art style watercolor portrait painting of a young boy in blue holding a blue bird or parrot. Signed D. Hill in lower right corner. Measures: 10.5” x 0.75” x 11” ...
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1980s Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Antique Folk Art Reverse Painted Floral Botanical Still Life Painting Gilded
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique floral botanical still life oil painting, reverse painted on glass, featuring a brightly colored flower arrangement with gold gilded accents. Measures: 10.5” x 1.25” x 11....
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Antique 19th Century Floral Botanical Butterfly Watercolor Painting on Paper
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique floral watercolor on paper showing a bunch of flowers and a butterfly. Measures: 8.5” x 1” x 11.5” / Sans frame - 6.5” x 9.5” (width x depth x height).     
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Paint

Original Acrylic on Wood Painting of Doves & Pomegranates by A Rangel Hidalgo
Located in Mexico, DF
Original acrylic painting on wood with Doves in white and grey, with blue Pomegranates by Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo. Rangel was an artist, graphic designer, an artisan in wood furnitu...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Acrylic

Late 19th Century Dogs Hunting on Rural Lake Folk Art Oil on Canvas Painting
Located in Middleburg, VA
Late 19th Century Dogs Hunting on Rural Lake Folk Art Oil on Canvas Painting American School oil on canvas, featuring two hunting dogs flushing waterfowl on the shores of a rural la...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Superb Ammi Phillips American Folk Art Portrait Painting, circa 1840
By Ammi Phillips
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Superb Ammi Phillips American Folk Art Portrait painting, circa 1840 We are proud of our acquisition of this authentic masterpiece by Ammi Phillips (1788-1865). The finely rendered ...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

American Watercolor Landscape Painting of Barn and Fall Foliage Signed
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Original watercolor of American landscape on paper. Subject features landscape painting of a barn in Fall. Trees in orange and brown fill the background. The foreground shows wheat i...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Folk Art Paintings

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Paint, Paper

Modernist Cubist Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by William Sharp
Located in Buffalo, NY
Wonderful oil on canvas depicting workers, hand executed by William Sharp 1900-1961. Amazing use of color, space, texture, William Sharp was born on June 13, 1900, in Lemberg, Aus...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas, Paint

Korean Jakhodo Minhwa Folk Scroll Painting
Located in Atlanta, GA
A Korean Folk Art painting mounted as a hanging scroll. The watercolor on paper was likely dated from 1930s-1940s. The work depicts a "Jakhodo" theme (Tiger and Magpie theme; The let...
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1930s Korean Vintage Folk Art Paintings

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Paper

Folk Art Americana Hand-Painted Circus Banner of a Seal Man by Fred Johnson
Located in New York, NY
20th Century American painted side show circus banner of a man in the form of a seal titled "Sealo" (signed FRED JOHNSON, O HENRY TENT & AWNING, Chicago).  
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Paintings

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Canvas

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